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OPERATION GRATITUDE INC
February 26, 2011

Operation Gratitude is an organization which supports American troops with not only tangible items such as food, games, and toys, but also supports the troops emotionally with hand written letters of gratitude and uplifting messages from home. My prekindergarten class sent pictures & short messages to Captain Erik. He actually responded and told us all about how his men were repairing a damaged school and how he used all my student's pictures to decorate the classrooms so the children could come back to a pretty classroom again. Operation Gratitude helped all my students and their parents feel so proud of the job that America is doing in Iraq. No media report this kind of news!

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My pre-kindergarten class learned about Captain Erik through sending him pictures and cards with good wishes and he responded by telling us how his men were fixing a broken school and using our pictures & cards for decorations. All the parents, others teachers, and I were thrilled to hear about positive news from the war zone. We learned that he shared the toys & candy with Iraqi children.

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It makes me want to cry to learn that the government doesn't help defray the cost of postage for mailing the 600,000 boxes that have been sent. My Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Society raised money to help pay postage. It costs $15 per box. Also why does the government insist on an written itemization for each box? I wouldn't change Operation Gratitude, only the gov't!!!

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Wrote letters, wrote customs declarations for boxes, filled boxes.

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